A scalp massage is a great way to enhance hair health. Scalp massages not only feel good, they enhance hair health by improving circulation and allowing more blood to flow to the scalp area. This eventually leads to shinier, healthier hair.
Oils for scalp massage
The first step is to decide if you want to use scalp oil. The best oils for a scalp massage depend on your needs. First, choose an oil such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or Argan oil to use as a base. Then, pick the appropriate essential oils. For example, Tea Tree and Lavender are often used for dandruff, Rosemary and Peppermint are sometimes used for hair loss, and Chamomile and Rose are often used if you are experiencing excess dryness. For each tablespoon of base oil you use, add two drops of essential oil.
Brush your hair
The next step to a successful is to brush your hair. This helps detangle the hair, adds some shine, and loosens any flakes that are attached to the scalp. The best brush to use before your will depend on your hair type. Long, straight hair requires a different brush than short, curly hair. Bend from the waist and brush your hair upside-down. This improves scalp circulation and helps give the hair more body.
How to massage the scalp
To begin the scalp massage place a small amount of the scalp oil on your fingers. Bend from the waist to allow more blood to flow to the scalp. Touch the pads of your fingers firmly to the scalp area near your temples. Massage in a circular motion your hairline gradually working your way around the entire scalp. Add more oil to your fingers when necessary.
After you use all the oil, warm a dry towel for a few seconds in the microwave and place it on your head. Let the oil set for at least ten minutes. Try not to do anything during that time. Just lie down, close your eyes, and relax. This allows the oils to absorb into your hair and scalp to give it added moisture.
When ten minutes are up, you will need to shampoo and condition your hair to wash out the oil. Gently brush your hair first to release any tangles. When you shampoo, keep in mind that you may need to lather up twice to get rid of all the oil. Follow up with a moisturising conditioner. If your hair and scalp are extremely dry, leave the oil in overnight and shampoo and condition your hair in the morning.
Try to perform a scalp massage once a week. If done regularly, you will notice that your hair is shinier and stronger and has a lot more body. You may want to vary the essential oils as your needs change.
Just make sure to do your research. Some essential oils may be harmful and/or cause allergic reactions. Also, certain oils are not to be used if pregnant or nursing.
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